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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Careless in Red

George, Elizabeth. Careless in Red.

I was all set to give up on Elizabeth George after With No One as Witness. However, enough time has passed that I couldn't resist giving her another try, so I guess I've recovered from the fact that she eliminated Helen.

Fortunately, I enjoyed this latest novel. It may not be the best of George, but it certainly is more up to standard than her two previous works.

Thomas Lynley, grieving intensely from the loss of his wife and unborn child, has gone for a very long walk. When the novel opens, he has been trekking stoically along the rugged coast of Cornwall for 6 weeks. His walk comes to an abrupt end when he discovers the body of a young man, who has fallen from the cliffs in an apparent climbing accident.

Lynley is a witness and a possible, although not likely, suspect when it is determined that the young man's climbing equipment has been tampered with. Detective Inspector Bea Hannaford, however, intends to make as much use of the New Scotland Yard's Lynley as possible. I liked Hannaford's character, especially when Barbara Havers shows up and the two work as an interesting pair.

Many of the other potential suspects are not especially likable; the character of Dellen Kern was a bit over the top, and perhaps her husband should have been committed for staying with her.

Soooo...I found Careless in Red involving, and I had no difficulty hanging in there, but it is certainly not her best.

Fiction. Mystery. 2008. 640 pages.


  1. I bought this one as soon as it was published and have kept it aside for the rainy day that I need something to jumpstart my reading again. I'm a huge fan of Elizabeth George, even of the book that turned you off her for a while, so it's a nice relief to see that you enjoyed this one.

    I'll read it some time in 2009, probably - but I've been known to store "special" books like a dog buries bones,so...

  2. I never liked Helen anyway.

  3. I'm glad you enjoyed it even if it wasn't her best.

    Wanted to make sure to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas. I hope the time is relaxing and magical.

  4. Sam - I will be eager to hear what you think about it when you get around to it. Barbara Havers is always a treat, even when she is relegated to a minor character.

    Deb - :) I didn't care that much for her until the book where George killed her off!

    Carl - It is difficult not to get involved with George's novels even if I nitpick afterwards!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, too, Carl!

  5. Merry Christmas and a great 2009 ahead, Jen.